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Trying to find interchangable year mdl to fit 86 ex500. Wheels , gauges and such. Thinking about doing a streetfighter
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Must be an '87 made in September '86 or so? As to interchangeability, '87-93 are all good. If you want a different look, a lot of work and EXperimentation is in your future. Search out street fighter threads here, as virtually everything has been done to these "blank canvas" bikes.

I finally figured out why I like Ducatis: With their exhaust note and dry clutch, they sound almost like a Guzzi!
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Must be an '87 made in September '86 or so? As to interchangeability, '87-93 are all good. If you want a different look, a lot of work and EXperimentation is in your future. Search out street fighter threads here, as virtually everything has been done to these "blank canvas" bikes.
Production started in October or November of '86. I've got a very early production frame (about the 1,000th frame off the line, very early for anything mass produced) and it's VIN tag is dated for November of 1986.

As for interchangeability, yes, everything from 1987-1993 will be identical with a couple exceptions. Big one is the radiator. The early gen1's (up until 1989 some time) used a unique radiator thanks to a funky one wire fan switch mounted in a different location. A two wire fan switch was introduced in 1990, the mounting location changed and was used up until end of production in 2009. This also means the correlating wiring harness is different than the 1990-1993 harnesses. Good gen1 harnesses are hard to find these days, especially the early style. Keep that in mind if you plan on modifying the harness. A note here is that if you get the radiator, fan switch and harness together off a 1990-later gen1, that will all drop right in place and work as is (fan itself from any year is fine).

I know there was a slight change in the pivot size for the levers in '89 and I think it's easier to find aftermarket levers for the more common 1990-later style.

1990 EX500 - 145,000 miles as of November 25th, 2019
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Check out my thread (link in signature) for one gauge swap idea.

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My bad. Yamaha normally begins production in September. My frame, in the 6900s, is labelled in 2/87. As to clutch lever pivots, '87-'89 used 8mm bolts, which tended to wear the lever pivot hole out. In 1990, they upgraded to 10mm bolts. The perches/levers from '90 onward retrofit, as do EX650 (Ninja 650) perches and levers - at least in the gen1 650s.

I finally figured out why I like Ducatis: With their exhaust note and dry clutch, they sound almost like a Guzzi!
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